- The attacks evoke memories of last winter’s Russian airstrikes
- Power supply disruption in five regions: grid operator
- At least 18 people were injured, according to kyiv
KIEV (Reuters) – Russia launched its biggest missile attack in weeks against Kiev and across Ukraine on Thursday, wounding at least 18 people, damaging energy facilities and causing power outages, Ukrainian authorities said.
Partial power outages occurred in five regions of Ukraine in the west, center and east, bringing back memories of a Russian situation. air campaign last winter on critical infrastructure that caused major power outages for Ukrainian civilians.
“Due to the consequences of the first enemy attack in six months, damage has occurred to energy facilities in the western and central regions,” network operator Ukrenergo said in a statement on Telegram Messenger.
“There were partial blackouts in the Rivne, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk and Kharkiv regions,” he said.
Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, commander in chief of the armed forces, said Russia had fired 43 cruise missiles at targets overnight and that Ukrainian air defenses shot down 36 of them.
“The missiles were launched in several waves. They entered Ukrainian airspace from several directions, constantly changing routes,” he said on Telegram.
Strong explosions shook kyiv and the surrounding region at dawn, Reuters witnesses said. Authorities reported sending rescue teams to several locations in the capital.
Mayor Vitali Klitschko said seven people, including a nine-year-old girl, were injured in the capital. Missile debris landed in the city center and an infrastructure facility and several non-residential buildings were damaged, causing a fire, he said.
DAMAGES IN UKRAINE
Interior Minister Ihor Klymenko said a hotel and several commercial kiosks were damaged in Cherkassy, central Ukraine, and seven people were injured.
Emergency services posted a video on Telegram showing rescuers carrying an injured man out on a stretcher as the fire rages.
The Interior Ministry and regional officials reported explosions in the Cherkasy, Kharkiv, Khmelnytskiy, Rivne, Vinnytsia, Lviv and Ivano-Frankivsk regions.
Maksym Kozytskyi, regional governor of Lviv, said three Russian missiles hit the town of Drohobych in the west, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the border with Poland.
Kozytskiy said an infrastructure facility and warehouses were affected.
In another overnight attack, two people were killed by Russian bombing of a dormitory in the southern city of Kherson, Governor Oleksandr Prokudin said.
The attacks come as Ukraine continues a counteroffensive against Russian forces in the east and south.
A Ukrainian intelligence source saying Ukraine’s security service and navy, SBU, attacked the Saky air base in Russian-occupied Crimea overnight, causing “serious damage.”
Meanwhile, the Russian military said it had destroyed 19 Ukrainian drones over Crimea and the Black Sea, and gave no details on casualties or damage.
Reuters could not independently verify the reports.
Report by Olena Harmash; Written by Tom Balmforth
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